ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Optimism was on display in the employment line Friday as hundreds of people showed up for one of the biggest job fairs of the year.
Organizers estimated more than 800 people attended New Mexico Workforce Connection job fair. It's the first time the agency has put on a job fair since October 2012.
While many New Mexicans are still pressing for work--and the competition is fierce--there is good news to report as more employers are hiring for more positions. Job seekers said they're feeling optimistic.
Albuquerque resident Irene Sanchez said she's looking for work for the last two years.
"It's just all the different employers in here; it's just exciting," she told KRQE News 13. "And the adrenaline that I have right now, it's like, 'OK, we're going to get a job, we're going to get one."
At this job fair, around 40 different companies showcased their businesses, each with positions available. Arthur Martinez, site manager for Workforce Connection in Albuquerque, said a wide variety of jobs were available from the professional to the service industry.
"I'm seeing lot more activity in employers, and they're interested in hiring," said Martinez. "Typically, New Mexico, we're last entering the recession, and we're late exiting, but I anticipate there's some additional turnaround coming."
There is still a lot of competition on every position. Lockheed Martin is looking for call-center workers and said the interest is incredible.
"We usually have 300 to 400 people that are applying for positions," said Monica Walters, a human resources employee for Lockheed Martin.
Jim Williams of Albuquerque said he has been searching for work for four months but added something might happen soon following a meeting early Friday morning.
"I got a call this morning for a second interview at 1:30 p.m.," said Williams.
Dakota Poncho of Albuquerque is also among those who think things are looking up.
"Well, I'd start off at entry somewhere as a cook, maybe then work my way up to management," Poncho said. "Anything I do, I prosper."
After Workforce Connection's job fair in October, the organization called employers back to see how they were doing. Of the more than 900 who attended, 400 were directly hired for jobs advertised at the job fair, the agency found.
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